The e-scooter sector has been hit exhausting lately by security considerations, reminiscent of brake failures and collisions. Battery fires specifically have elevated in frequency and hazard, prompting laws such because the Setting Shopper Requirements for Lithium-Ion Batteries Act, which might develop security requirements.

The IIHS examine discovered that whereas pace limits drove e-scooter riders onto sidewalks, they had been considerably efficient at limiting the speeds on these pedestrian paths. Twice the variety of riders in Austin had been recorded touring at or over 10 mph on sidewalks than in D.C. This was in contrast with sidewalk scooter bans, which the examine famous have been discovered to be solely marginally efficient.

Security considerations have prompted not solely cities however corporations themselves to behave. Chook has rolled out precision-parking and component-checking {hardware}, whereas Chook, Lime, Spin and Superpedestrian all suggest a 15 mph pace restrict for e-scooters be enacted by their partnering cities.

Geofencing is one other technique corporations are using, a expertise that makes use of GPS to restrict the place e-scooters can function and how briskly, Cicchino stated. An evolving department of this technique, famous by the IIHS examine, hopes to detect sidewalk using and mechanically lower speeds, although these strategies are nonetheless in improvement.

Cicchino acknowledges potential on this expertise and concludes within the examine that it “may make pace restrictions an unqualified win for security, reasonably than a trade-off.”